History helps pupils develop the skills and knowledge to understand today. The study of history at Cardinal Heenan gives a sound overview of the history of Britain, Europe, life around the world and the people and events of the past. By focusing upon enquiry we encourage pupils to find out about history for themselves. Furthermore, history helps us to gain an understanding of the different opinions and cultures over time. Pupils will develop a wide range of skills in enquiry, cause and consequence, knowledge and understanding as well as significance, interpretation and empathy. Within History pupils learn to develop the skills of:
Pupils begin by looking at the skills of history in a “What is History?” enquiry. The focus is then British history from The Middle Ages until Tudor times.
Autumn Term: The Norman Conquest
Spring Term: Life in The Middle Ages and developments towards Early Modern Britain
Summer Term: The age of the Tudors and Stuarts, including the age of exploration
Pupils learn about empires; the growth of the British Empire; and social and political changes in Britain
Autumn Term: The Age of Empire and Slavery
Spring Term: Dying for the Vote.
Summer Term: Changes in the Twentieth Century World
Studies begin by developing greater understanding of the Twentieth Century. The key themes of Communism, Fascism and Nazi dictatorship are explored to provide the building blocks for the GCSE course in History (AQA examining body). Pupils develop further the essential skills of source evaluation and extended writing.
Autumn Term: The First World War and Peace Making
Spring Term: Totalitarianism and War
Summer Term: Medicine through Time; Ancient Civilisations
GCSE studies continue with a key focus on Medicine through Time, in preparation for Paper 1 of the AQA GCSE Syllabus A.
Autumn Term: Medicine: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Controlled Assessment Visit to Saltaire
Completion of Controlled Assessment Question 1
Spring Term: Medicine: Developments in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Summer Term: Completion of Controlled Assessment Question 2
GCSE studies continue with a key focus on Weimar and Nazi Germany, in preparation for Paper 2 of the AQA GCSE Syllabus A.
Autumn Term: The Rise of the Nazis and Consolidation of Power
Spring Term: Life in Nazi Germany
Summer Term: Revision and Examinations
The History Department follows a broad and balanced History curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which encourages active student participation and promotes a range of British values.
The importance of democracy underpins the whole curriculum: in Year 8 pupils study the growing importance of gaining the vote with studies on 19th Century Britain and the Suffragettes. A study of slavery and its abolition in Year 8 helps pupils to focus upon injustice in society. In Year 9 we look at the Twentieth Century world and how war has affected Britain.
History is one of the most popular options at KS4. Pupils examine different views of societies over time. They investigate the rise of fascism and how people from different groups were treated in Nazi Germany. Similarly, a study of Saltaire brings pupils to appreciate local history and the changing environment over time.
Board: AQA Subject Code: 8145
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world Percentage of total mark 50%
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at
least a 50 year period.
In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.
Paper 2: Shaping the nation Percentage of total mark 50%
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.
In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.
Substantial revision guides / packs are produced by the History Department and distributed free to students.
The Department strongly advise the purchase of Philip Allen Revision Books (available from History teachers).
Places of interest/events to visit connected with syllabus
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
|www.activehistory.co.uk||Cold war, Nazi Germany, Russian Revolution, First World War etc|
|www.johndclare.net||revision sheets, archive of questions and model answers, primary evidence, source work etc.|